We live in an unprecedented time of conflict around the world. Presidential hopefuls should inform U.S. citizens of their positions on war, conflict, and peace
Fresno, CA (PRWEB) September 16, 2011
Douglas E. Noll, author of the new book Elusive Peace: How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Could Better Resolve World Conflicts (Prometheus 2011), grades the Republican presidential candidates on negotiation, mediation, and diplomacy using the principles in his new book. Elusive Peace is an in-depth analysis showing through historic example, why peace negotiations fail. "My book explains the neuropsychology, philosophy, and behavioral aspects of peace making. Peace mediation is a science and takes a highly sophisticated set of skills," Noll says.
Noll wrote the book as a way to educate citizens, voters, politicians and diplomats about the science of mediating peace, and to begin a national forum of beginning in-depth conversations about world conflict, involvement in war, and teach peacemaking options.
Noll has formulated an analysis and summary about where each Republican Presidential candidate stands on the issue of peace in an effort to teach voters where the candidates stand on peace and international diplomacy.
"In Elusive Peace I point out that peace making is tedious and takes skill and patience. Military force is often counter productive if peace is the goal. When a political candidate promotes strong military force, he is not revealing a plan, rather a reaction to an event," Noll explains.
According to the principles in Elusive Peace, creating a common ground between opposing sides is paramount to developing trust. If a Presidential hopeful talks about needing a strong necessity before engaging in war, then you can conclude that war is not the first choice in a conflict," Noll says.
"My book teaches readers that side taking and finger pointing is counter productive to peacemaking. If a Presidential candidate uses language that portrays his viewpoint of the world in terms of black and white, and good and evil, I would be concerned that war and employing military force might be the first choice of action in areas of conflict," Noll explains.
"If a candidate is amenable to understanding the nuances of negotiating peace and opposes the idea of America's military as a world police force, and they have a pragmatic way to balance a draw down of forces, he is more likely to follow the principles of effective peace negotiation," Noll says.
Noll’s analysis came from hours researching Republican Presidential hopeful’s transcripts, articles, and appearances over the last two years.
After a successful 22 year trial career, Douglas E. Noll found litigation to be a wasteful way to resolve conflicts, and earned his Masters Degree in Peacemaking and Conflict Studies. Since then, Noll has dedicated his life to mediation and peacemaking. Today, Douglas is a nationally recognized mediator, international peace advocate and speaker. He hosts The Doug Noll Show, a weekly radio program dedicated to giving a voice to international peacemakers. His current pro bono project is training murderers committed to life sentences in the largest women’s prison in the world to become peacemakers and mediators. Noll is interviewed by columnists, journalists, and radio hosts for his advice and commentary on world events as they relate to conflict and resolution.
Noll was recently selected from a worldwide search as one of 194 mediators to be included in the International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation.
Professionally, Doug is a Distinguished Fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, a Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators and on the American Arbitration Association panel of mediators and arbitrators. Doug was one of the first U.S. mediators certified under the international mediator standards established by the International Mediation Institute based in The Hague, Netherlands.
He is an author of the books Elusive Peace: How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Could Better Resolve World Conflicts (Prometheus, Spring 2011), Sex, Politics & Religion at the Office: The New Competitive Advantage (Auberry Press 2006), with John Boogaert, and Peacemaking: Practicing at the Intersection of Law and Human Conflict (Cascadia Publishing House 2002), and numerous chapters and articles on peacemaking, restorative justice, conflict resolution and mediation. He is a sought after mediator trainer, lecturer, speaker, and continuing education teacher. Doug has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America by U.S. News & World Report and is a Northern California Super Lawyer in Alternative Dispute Resolution. He has mediated over 1,500 conflicts, including business disputes, clergy sexual abuse cases, victim-offender criminal cases, and large litigated cases. His particular interest is in deep, intractable conflicts where emotions are running high.
As Noll became interested in international mediation efforts Noll observed that international mediators, for the most part, were inexperienced in the science and art of mediation. Their rookie mistakes were making things worse, often leading to genocide or further war. Unfortunately, political leaders, diplomats, special envoys, and retired generals are often appointed to a job for which they are not trained nor have sufficient aptitude. Elusive Peace shows why we can no longer afford to allow political, diplomatic, and military leaders mediate peace accords. They simply don’t know what they are doing. For more information visit http://www.elusivepeace.com. For media inquiries contact Diane Dennis, Inspired Media Communications (http://www.inspiredmc.com) at 503-678-1356.
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